What is the global atmospheric circulation model?

Lesson overview

In this lesson students will learn about jet streams, the global atmospheric circulation model and how they affect the weather around the world. Students will be able to explain the global circulation atmospheric model through the use of either a drawing, a model or a physical display.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify different atmospheric events that will affect weather
  • Describe the global atmospheric circulation model
  • Explain how global atmospheric circulation affects weather
Lesson steps
  1. Introduction (5 mins)

    Set the context of the unit of work and what students will be covering over the eight lessons. Then, share the learning outcomes for the lesson.

  2. Different weather systems (15 mins)

    Students will learn about air pressure and how air pressure affects the weather. Following this student will learn about Jet Streams, and how they affect weather, including extreme weather.

  3. Global atmospheric circulation model (15 mins)
    Students will learn about the global atmospheric circulation model. Students will be able to describe how the air moves around the cells, including the reasons for the movement of air.
  4. Demonstration (15 mins)

    Students demonstrate their learning by creating an alternative way to display the global atmospheric model. This could be on balloons or any other way students think of.

  5. Plenary (10 mins)
    Students answer an exam question This should be peer assessed using the mark scheme.